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Joseph O'Connell, MD

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Joseph O'Connell, MD

Dr. Joseph O'Connell is a Cornell educated and Cornell trained, board certified plastic surgeon with over 35 years of surgical experience. The Aesthetic Center of Connecticut is our ultra high-end boutique practice with private entrances to our reception area as well as a nationally accredited on-site surgicenter. Unlike some practices, our first approach is almost always non-surgical and we offer the latest procedures and technology designed to maximize safety and minimize your recovery.

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Meet Dr. Joseph O'Connell

Aesthetic surgery is neither form alone nor function alone, but rather a natural and harmonious blend of the two that should be imperceptible to others . Our philosophy is simple-we are a high-end aesthetic practice and no effort is spared to provide our patients with the very best in all aspects of their care. We believe in a "less-is-more" philosophy - just as the skilled writer or artist conveys their message with the fewest, most carefully chosen words or brush strokes, we help our patients achieve their aesthetic goals with the fewest, least invasive, safest and least costly techniques.  Unlike some practices that essentially only offer surgery, our first approach is almost always non-surgical.  This requires a sizable ongoing investment in the latest technology - and we've done that with such cutting edge procedures as FaceTite, BodyTite, Halo, ThermiVa, BBL, and IntraCel.  This minimally invasive philosophy carries over into our surgical approach as well, where our preference is for less complex, more predictable procedures with less scarring, lower cost and faster recovery.   Most surgical  procedures are performed in our nationally accredited, outpatient facility without need for general anesthesia. We carefully evaluate and employ the latest technological developments in our field (laser, ultrasonic liposuction, radiofrequency, etc.) and combine them with time-proven techniques to optimize our patients' results.   

Dr. O'Connell believes that the results achieved with Botox and injectable fillers are greatly dependent upon the training, experience and skill of the person performing the injection.  Because of this, at The Aesthetic Center, all Botox and injectable fillers are personally injected by Dr. O'Connell. (Dr. O'Connell is a multi-year Allergen platinum level provider.)
Dr. O'Connell is honored to have been chosen as an examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and to have been listed as a Castle Connolly "Top Doctor" for the New York Metro Area for 16consecutive years.  He also served as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at a Yale affiliated hospital for 7 years.  He is one of those rare plastic surgeons to have earned certification from both the American Board of Surgery as well as the American Board of Plastic Surgery. 

Your Consultation

Approximately 45 minutes to one hour is allotted for an aesthetic consultation and most patients are seen twice prior to surgery. A comprehensive medical history is taken and we will work with your other physicians to coordinate your care and minimize risk. Most procedures are performed in our nationally accredited, in-office surgical facility without need for general anesthesia. When general anesthesia is needed, only anesthesiologists are utilized.   For those with medical problems or patients who require an overnight hospital stay, we offer affordable rates in conjunction with a local hospital. Local hotel accomodations, limousine service, two private entrances and two waiting areas are also available.

During your consultation we will review your aesthetic goals and perform a careful examination.  The appropriate surgical and non-surgical options (as well as their potential benefits and risks) will be reviewed with you in detail and together we will formulate a plan designed to address your specific goals.   In many cases two plans are offered - one incorporating surgical care and a second plan utilizing the latest non and minimally invasive techniques without any surgery whatsoever. 

In facial rejuvenation, we strive for a rested, natural, harmonious, non-surgical look. Most eyelid surgery is performed under only local anesthesia.  Dr. O'Connell was one of the first authors to publish on the concept of "no touch" blepharoplasty utilizing laser resurfacing and he has published several articles on facelifting including his 2015 article that was the lead article in the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Journal.    His most recent article, published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, outlines his technique of drainless abdominoplasty.  

Because we have an on-site nationally accredited outpatient surgical facility we can often offer surgical procedures at substantially lower cost than our competitors.  Examples would be labiaplasty surgery, brow lifting and surgery of the face and eyelids.
There is no charge for consultations for CoolSculpting or FaceTite/BodyTite or for Botox and fillers.  
At The Aesthetic Center, all Botox and injectable fillers are personally injected by Dr. O'Connell.  


Procedures Performed

Arm Lift

Body Contouring

Botulinum Toxin

Breast Augmentation

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Implant Removal

Breast Lift

Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reduction

Brow Lift

Chemical Peels, IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments

Chin Augmentation

Chin Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery & Computer Imaging

Dermal Fillers

Ear Surgery

Eyelid Ptosis Repair

Eyelid Surgery


Injectable Fillers

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lip Augmentation / Enhancement


Male Breast Reduction


Retin-A Treatments


Scar Revision

Skin Cancer

Spider Vein Treatment

Thigh Lift

Tram Flap Breast Reconstruction

Tummy Tuck

Vascular Malformations

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Payment Options

  • Cash or Personal Checks
  • Patient Financing

Our Location

Westport Office

208 Post Road West
Westport, CT

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 6:00pm
Weekend appointments can be arranged by special request.

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